Captains at the toss
Virat Kohli: “We wanted to bat first to be honest. We think it’ll get slower. Navdeep’s back for Dube, Udana replaces Steyn. It was a strange bit of batting. These things happen. We are not too far away from that professional performance.”
David Warner: “We’ll have a bowl. Vijay Shankar is out, Saha is fit. We have to win both the games. It’s how I approach every game. We gotta start well. We had only one look at this pitch. Got to see how it plays today.”
Toss news: Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner wins toss, opts to field against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah.
Players from both the teams are out in the middle, warming up ahead of the start. Just under 15 minutes to go for the toss.
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Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of the IPL 2020 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
An IPL playoffs spot at stake, Royal Challengers Bangalore need to shrug off the disappointment of two back-to-back defeats and put up a strong challenge against strong-willed Sunrisers Hyderabad when the two teams clash in Sharjah.
But it would be easier said than done since SRH are brimming with confidence after their crushing win over Delhi Capitals.
Chennai Super Kings, which is the only team to be out of the reckoning, has spiced up the play-off race with their last-ball win over Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday night.
Going by current standings, RCB are better-placed at number two and they need to win one of their remaining two games — against SRH or DC — to make the cut.
And even if RCB lose both their matches and stay on 14 points, they can still qualify. But for that they need favourable results from other games.
RCB can ill afford to lose both their last two games as it will affect their NRR , resulting in their elimination if other teams on 14 points have higher run rates.
SRH, on the other hand, have nothing to lose. Sitting on the sixth spot with 10 points from 12 games, the Hyderabad outfit need to win their remaining two matches — against RCB and MI — to reach 14 points to stay in the reckoning.
Just winning both the games might not be enough for SRH. They would be hoping that at least one out of RCB, DC (14 points) and Kings XI Punjab (12 points) don’t reach the magic figure of 16.